I have been considering doing this post but I suppose fear stopped me,people who judge a book by its cover so I decided to make a change by speaking out for the first time and also seeing it from my own point of view in black and white for the first time.
Now I dont want to bum you out but this is my lifestyle blog and what my life revolves around is depression.
Now heres the word that made me scared MENTAL HEALTH,there I said it.
I thought id rip the band aid off quick then maybe it might be painless.
I have suffered from it for over 10 years now,starting around the age of 13 but I am only just getting the help I deserve at the age of 25.
Now I am not looking for sympathy,far from it but I would like to change views on it.Now I will admit before I suffered from it if I heard the words mental health I probably would of pictured someone securely locked in a mental unit but there are many different forms.
We have all seen those adverts where 'its time to change' and it really is.
I have had so called friends asking me to snap out of it,Ive been called selfish etc...(theres a long list!)
But did you know depression can be a chemical imbalance in the brain? Is it really that persons fault?
here are some statistics
The facts and figures around Mental Health in the UK are alarming.
- 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
- Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain
- About 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time
- Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women
- Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population
How many people are also suffering in silence I wonder?
The whole point of this post is I am letting people know we all dont have the perfect life,Its not all cupcakes and sunshine and that I am a normal person who is a mum,has interests and can hold a conversation.I am recovering,this is where some people think you can be selfish.To look at me you would think there is nothing wrong but truth is my brain dont always function like people who dont suffer from this.So to all those people who think its as easy to snap out of it,I wish it was.Its a hard journey but I am finally tackling my demons.
Now I dont want to end this on a bad note so I will say that starting this blog has really occupied my mind of late and the lovely people I have spoke to.And also if you know someone who does suffer then it really is ok to ask how they are,It really does make a difference to feel like someone cares about you when you dont care about yourself.
Thanks for reading this post and I hope I have broken a taboo subject for some of you x